About Dan Feder

I was a member of the Narco News team in various capacities, from webmaster to Editor-in-Chief, from 2002-2008. Since 2006 I have also been a member of the International Peace Observatory, which performs human rights accompaniment for Colombian campesino organizations in conflict zones. I am now living in Boston and working as a website developer for DigitalAid, Inc.

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Honduras' Coup Congress Cancels Five Basic Liberties
Jul 2 2009 - 9:40pm
Honduras' Dictator-for-a-Day Rails vs. Obama & Chávez, Declares Martial Law
Jun 28 2009 - 10:08pm
State Violence in Iran Hits New Extreme
Jun 24 2009 - 4:48pm
Brainstorming Iran: An X-Ray of Immediate History
Jun 24 2009 - 4:44pm
State Violence in Iran Hits New Extreme
Jun 24 2009 - 2:46pm

Paraguay: Sobre Victor Baez Mosqueira y los Archivos del Terror

Recibimos esta carta de denuncia de las organizaciones sociales paraguayas y la publicamos acá completa:

Semana Magazine Claims Colombia DEA Corruption Story As Its Own

The image to the right is the front cover of this week’s Semana magazine. Semana is one of the two leading newsmagazines in Colombia, ubiquitous at newsstands in Bogotá and other major cities, as well as being sold throughout the Andean region and parts of the United States.

The cover reads, in Spanish, “Corruption in the DEA: A secret Justice Department document reveals frightening cases of criminality from DEA agents in Colombia.”

Our Spanish-speaking readers can read the cover story online, here. And they will notice something a bit strange. The story is completely based on the leaked internal Justice Department memo published for the first time in Narco News nearly a week before this issue of Semana came out. And yet, the 5-page story contains not a single reference to Narco News or to the hard work of Bill Conroy in bringing these facts to light.

Did Semana’s writers coincidentally get hold of the same information as Conroy and  write their story unaware that they were being beaten to the chase by an online newspaper called Narco News? Or did they pounce on a story that was not their own, slapping their own name on the hard work of authentic journalists in order to win a little more prestige, recognition, and profit for themselves?

For now, take a look at the Semana article if you are able, kind readers, and draw your own conclusions. And then stay tuned, as we will have much more to say about this very shortly…

La DEA respondió a la nota de Narco News diciendo que investigará a sus agentes en Colombia

La DEA ya sintió el calor del explosivo reportaje de Bill Conroy publicado en Narco News hace una semana. Conroy recibió filtrado un memorándum interno escrito por el abogado Thomas M. Kent, que trabajaba en el Departamento de Justicia. El memo acusaba a agentes de la DEA trabajando en Colombia de corrupción en masa, de cooperar con narcotraficantes, de asesinar informantes y de ayudar a los derechistas paramilitares de ese país a lavar dinero de drogas.

Luego, el viernes pasado, apenas cuatro días más tarde, la DEA respondió a las preguntas de los periodistas con la siguiente declaración por correo electrónico, prometiendo una investigación completa sobre estas acusaciones “extremadamente serias”...

Nuevo Herald on DEA Colombia Scandal

Miami’s Spanish-language daily El Nuevo Herald published a story today on the allegations revealed this week in Narco News of corruption, murder, and alliances with drug traffickers and paramilitaries in the DEA’s Colombia office.

In the coming days there will by much to say about how the commercial media – El Nuevo Herald, the AP, and others – have dealt with this story since Bill Conroy brought it to light. For now, here is a translation of the story from the Herald

DEA Responds to Narco News Story, Says It Will Investigate Agents in Colombia

The DEA is already feeling the heat from Bill Conroy’s explosive report published in Narco News this week. Conroy received a leaked internal memo written by attorney Thomas M. Kent, an attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. The memo accused Drug Enforcement Administration agents working in Colombia of massive corruption, of cooperating with drug traffickers, of murdering informants, and of helping that country’s dreaded rightwing paramilitaries to launder drug money.

Now, just four days later, the DEA is responding to questions from journalists with the following emailed statement, promising a full investigation into these “extremely serious” allegations…

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Carta en defensa de Lydia Cacho

Nos llegó la siguiente carta de solidaridad con la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho, detenida y perseguida por las autoridades a petición del empresario Camel Nacif Borge. Cacho ha nombrado a  Nacif Borge como miembro de un grupo de pornografía pederasta. Cacho califica su detención como “secuestro legal”, parte de un “juicio político contra el periodismo.”

Acusados por otro empresario mexicano en nuestro propio juicio contra el periodismo, publicamos aquí esta carta con mucho interés…

Guatemala's Antinarcotics Chief to Step Down

After just six months on the job, Adán Castillo, head of Guatemala’s Antinarcotics Analysis and Investigation Service (SAIA, the Guatemalan equivalent to the DEA) is quitting. Terra reports that Castillo has received too many death threats from powerful drug gangs, and sees no will on the government’s part to fight the problem:

“I have not seen (the political will) and I don’t think there will be any for at least another hundred years here in Guatemala. For the moment there is no one who can do this, because the (drug trafficking) organizations are too strong,” emphasized the SAIA chief.

Castillo confirmed that he will submit his resignation this January, due to the fact that “a month and a half ago I began to receive (threatening) phone calls; I believe it is a group of drug traffickers that have informants within the agency.”

Fox's "México Seguro" Anti-Drug Operation Being Used to Shield Dirty-War Criminals

The World Socialist Web Site has a very interesting article this week on the Mexican government’s continued efforts to cover up its crimes against the student movement in the late 1960’s and seventies. Two of the seminal events in the history of Mexican social movements were the massacres of student demonstrators at Tlatelolco in 1968, by the Mexican army, and San Cosme (both areas of Mexico City) in 1971, by government-backed “Falcon” paramilitaries. And one of the major reasons both Mexicans and the international community hailed President Vicente Fox’s 2000 electoral victory — the first break in a 70-year reign by the Institutional Revolutionary Party — was the supposed end it would bring to that party’s historic crushing of dissent and impunity for political crimes. As this article shows, Fox’s efforts to clean up the government’s record and hold the responsible accountable have hardly been sincere.

But of special interest, I think, to us and our readers is a revelation made in an accompanying interview with economist and Committee of 68 member Alejandro Alvarez, who shows how the drug war is used to shield states from scrutiny over these kinds of issues. Read on for an excerpt…

Haiti's Human Rights Disaster

When the paramilitary bands including many members of a former dictatorship’s security forces overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti more than a year and a half ago, the development was welcomed by the U.S. government (which likely had a role in training the coup forces the neighboring Dominican Republic). The Lavalas government under President Aristide, claimed U.S. officials, had oppressed the Haitian people and violated their human rights, and this new government would restore democracy.

A new report from the Association of University Students Motivated for a Haiti with Rights (AUMOHD) shows that, unsurprisingly, this has not been the case, and that human rights have steadily eroded under the “interim government” despite a heavy U.N. presence. Read on for a summary of the report by the independent Haitian news agency AHP…

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